National Floral Design Day is observed annually on February 28th. Floral design has been an important part of human culture for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until 1995 when Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts, proclaimed this day as Floral Design Day. It was created as a unique way to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, the founder of the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston over 60 years ago. Mr. Rittner is a pioneer in floral art education. The people at Rittners felt that the idea of a holiday that celebrates floral design as an art form is a wonderful one whose time had come. So, they, along with Mr. Rittner, wanted to see Floral Design Day continue to be observed as an event in its own right.
Floral design as an art form may be in a bouquet, a painting, in a textile, a garden or floral arrangement. From majestic, historic gardens to a bridal bouquet on that special day, floral designers have an eye for color, style and perspective. Floral design can complete a space, complementing existing structures and bringing brightness and color to them.
While certainly not as flower-filled as some warmer-weather months, there are still some flowers that come into, or remain in, season during February.
Brighten your landscape quickly by adding transplants of snapdragons, pansies, Iceland poppies, violas, stocks, and petunias. Also try colorful foliage such as Swiss chard, ornamental kales, and cabbages. Select plants in 4-inch pots, and space them 8 to 12 inches apart. For borders and beneath taller plants, consider masses of fragrant sweet alyssums in white, purple, pink, and blends.
Specific to Central Texas you’ll find Perennials popping up through the winter months. Plant some of the new coneflowers (Echinacea sp.) such as ‘Fragrant Angel’ (white), ‘Rubinstern’ (dark rosy pink), and ‘Kim’s Knee High’ (rosy purple). Try selections of mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea) such as ‘Henry Duelberg’ (violet-blue) and ‘Augusta Duelberg’ (white). Lantanas add months of heat-resistant color. ‘New Gold’ (bright gold) and ‘Dallas Red’ (dark red) along with purple or white forms of trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) are dependable.
Once you’ve got everything potted and pretty, feel free to stroll outside and take a nap in public after your hard work – Public Sleeping Day is also on the 28th of Februrary.